A torrent of poppies like a torrent of blood--each poppy represents each British soldier who died in the First World War.
Roger Kuin writes--Another example of what my father used to say: nobody does symbolic ceremony better than the British.
Roger is the editor of The Correspondence of Sir Philip Sidney (Oxford University Press). Sidney fought for the freedom of the Dutch. When he lay dying of gangrene, he gave his water to another wounded soldier, saying your necessity is greater than mine.
How many poppies would we need if all the Brits who died generously and bravely over a thousand years were remembered?